The beloved longtime singing partnership of Rory and Joey Feek has been parted, but now Joey has escaped her earthly pain and is in the comforting presence of her Savior.
According to eonline.com, 40-year-old Joey, mother to a one-year-old daughter as well as Rory's two daughters from a previous relationship, has died after a long battle with cervical cancer.
Her husband Rory issued this statement: "The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior. At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side. As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time… I was reminded of another dream of hers that came true."
Soon after the announcement, singer Carrie Underwood wrote a quick tribute on Twitter, saying, "Praying for the family & friends of Joey Feek. A beautiful soul moved into heaven today. A beautiful legacy she left behind."
The Grand Ole Opry followed up with a Tweet: "Our hearts go out to the family of Joey Feek. She was a beautiful person inside and out and will truly be missed."
Please join us in praying for comfort for her family.